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Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-21

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Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-21

Topics Live concert

Sugaree-> Minglewood Blues, Candyman, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Loser, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Far From Me, Ramble On Rose, Feel Like A Stranger Big Railroad Blues, Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E:One More Saturday Night-> E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue West High Auditorium
Location Anchorage, AK

Source Audience Recording: AKG 414 stereo mic
Lineage AKG 414 stereo mic -> Sony TC-158 deck; MAC > [DAT?] > CDR (no intermediate cassette generations)
Taped by Eddie Claridge patching from Dan Healy
Transferred by


Source: Recorded by Eddie Claridge at the soundboard patched from Dan Healy. AKG 414 stereo mic -> Sony TC-158 deck
Lineage: MAC > [DAT?] > CDR (no intermediate cassette generations)
Encoding: EAC(secure) > Cool Edit Pro > CDWAV > shntool > mkwact > SHN(seekable) by Matt Vernon via John Gaetzi


Reviewer: anotherotherone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2011
Subject: remote solstice
Awesome show overall, great energy level and the sound quality really lets you enjoy it. Not worth comparing to other years, for where the boys were at the time this was a great night.

Fantastic Loser...

For me Sugaree 6/22/74 is still the best... but so many are so good... :)
Reviewer: Jimmy the Cop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2010
Subject: Great Recording
Love this show. Truly an excellent AUD.

Thanks to the taper. Good Work!! Check out 6-20 for another great recording.

Best Wishes-Jimmy the Cop
Reviewer: dave of the dead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2010
Subject: Sugaree
I first got this tape in 1986. I have yet to here a better Sugaree anywhere and I've tried. I've always wondered if everything after this opener was a bit flat to the audience? Anyone that was there care to comment?
Reviewer: JerryInaPouch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2009
Subject: You thought you was the cool fool...
I usually don't rate songs, but I'm listening to the NON AUD version but if I try to type a review it will stop the song and I won't HAvE IT! :)

go get this one:

ANYWAYS, as far as "best 'eveaaaaaa'..."??? I don't know about that, but Jerry must be enjoying his Persian tonight, because this Sugaree is off the F**KING CHARTS!!!!!!!

As far as the rest of the show I can't say much EXCEPT:

1) Best of the three show Alaska run (and the ONLY time the dead played in Alaska!)


2) Go find "Dr Flashback" and OBEY his reviews- this man knows his stuff. Every show he rates as top 10 is a SHOULD HEAR and every show he rates as a top FIVE is a MUST HEAR! Just...check `em out.

I haven't listened to the whole show (YET) but Sugaree (minus the annoying AUD patch in the beginning,) is FOR THE AGES. Aside from that... classic.

Since it's all subjective and I RARELY hand out FIVE STARS (an exception to that rule is Pauley Pavilion (sp?) 1973- a TRUE five star show. This one? 3.8 so I round it to 4.... the Loser is UP THERE (not BEST EVER) but, hey, four stars is an ACCURATE review of this show and that's being slightly generous. I don't dish out 5 stars like candy... it isn't fair to the NEW HEADS trying to discern all this crap.

So four stars it is. A desert island show? Certainly NOT! But worthy of your attention? Definitely! Now go check out the SBD version (unless you're an AUD freak,) but either way the Sugaree picks up nicely between the 9 and 10 minute mark... I don't know, just check this sucka' out!


Reviewer: breadley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2007
Subject: zoom!
Well holy friggin crap. Slap my arse and call me Cindy Lou, this 2nd set hit me just right. I was already on board, but when Truckin’ hit the next thing I knew I was running around my house screaming at the top of my lungs. Woo-ooo!

If you’re an AUD person do not shy away from this show. Heck, if you’re a deadhead with a pulse, do not shy away from this show. Superb quality. Play it loud!

I’d give the first set 3.5 stars due to entirely subjective reasons—not my ideal setlist by a long shot (Feel Like a Stranger closer…it hurts)—but I’d give the second set 8.7 stars out of 5 so it more than makes up the difference. Five stars overall.

Highlights: A 14-minute Sugaree, Bobby singing “…it’s T for New York City” even though they’re in Anchorage but then makes up for it by saying “…Chicago, New York, Alaska…it’s all on the same street” during Truckin, a 2nd set that just explodes out of the gate (a nice RR, then a monstrous Samson), the chanting or wailing or something during space, the crowd—these are some of the clappingest and most appreciative people I’ve ever heard, and did I mention the 2nd set? It’s like they’re putting on a clinic on how to play like the Grateful Dead.

This one will be downloaded, burned, and distributed to friends, enemies, and total strangers.

ps, if you like this show I also recommend the 6-12-80 AUD that’s on the Archive. The ‘Live Free or Die’ Alaskan energy isn’t there, but it still just smokes. And the storyline (Mt. St. Helens blows during Fire on the Mountain) is about as good as “Alaska High School Auditorium.” By the way, Wikipedia says the auditorium only holds 2,000 people. God I love this band.
Reviewer: Pulver@Noyo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2006
Subject: Ak. '80
Wowee! I think I was somewhere between Hagemeister Island and Afognak for this triad of dates. Hey, "somebody's got to be out there catchin' fish". I'm seniding copies to a couple of likeminded fish morticians.6-19 tape "recordable but not pro", 6-20 and 21, memorable. Thanks, boys. You especially, Dan.
Reviewer: Darkstarlsd - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2005
Subject: Alaska
you know the eskimos were feeling friendly this day.... To my eskimo bretheren....I love you all..THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME OUT ...sound quality is superb for the time and machines.... GRATEFUL SHOW/// Lazy lightning is kind of friendly and the rest just follows .....
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2005
Subject: Loser
This is my all-time favorite version of Loser. I had the nice SBD that I am sure many of you had, and that is the other source here on the archive. However, I was always annoyed at the break in the middle of Jerry's solo... this version has the whole solo!

Smokin' show all around, and while the Hollywood '71 AUD is still the greatest AUD recording out there, this one is in the top 10.
Reviewer: Patty Falafal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2005
Subject: agree
A very fine aud for the "challenging" conditions of the venue! Played very well but first set not exactly my wish list if you know what I mean, won't get specific and offend anyone that likes some of those songs....not much of a fan of the "country dead", never have been but I've never met ANY head who liked EVERY genre/song, so be it...had "discussions" with early heads over this from time to time... from Samson on out however is just crushing, superbulous! average out to four stars for me I guess, overall out of 100 I'd say probably around a 83...just slip into the low end of a "B"...that's what I love about the dead...there IS SOMETHING for everyone, but everything is NOT for everyone...
Reviewer: gemsing777 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2005
Subject: The finest audience recording I have ever heard...
Not to mention the five star jamming....Listen to Jerry on Lazy Lighting...He's sounding anything but lazy and twice as fast as lightning. I was just streaming this show and Jerry started going off and so I had to stop what I was doing and write another 5 star review. Why can't all the audience tapes sound like this one?
Reviewer: DeadtotheHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2004
Subject: Sugaree
I've never heard Jerry go off like this with Sugaree, it's incredible.
Reviewer: herschelkrustofsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2004
Subject: great audience, solid show
Just as with 6/20, I would give this show 5 stars for sound quality and 4 for playing. This audience really sparkles. I first downloaded the SBD and it begins with an audience patch in Sugaree. I was disappointed when it spliced in to the SBD and quickly realized my preference for this audience. An execellent document of a solid show in an exotic location.

Thank you Eddie Claridge for taping this and making it possible to be shared out here on the Archive.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2004
Subject: this show smokes
what a show! The finest in the run. I remember the high qualty SBD's floating aroung in previous years which were a staple in may collections

But these Audiences are stellar! The sound quality is unreal from these rarely used mics.
Very Crisp, with lots of ambiance and bottom end.
Some of the finest sounding audiences in my collection.

Reviewer: Hogg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2004
Subject: Sugaree
Epic version of this great got hear this one!!
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2004
Subject: Summer Solstice
Third night running at the West High (School?) more saturday nite, in Alaska.

The announcements note that this was "the only concert hall in Anchorage." And to preserve it, they ask the audience not to smoke!

An OK sound for what might have been a challenging recording environment.
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